Sarina War Memorial

Sarina, Mackay Area

WWI memorials like that in the north Queensland sugar town of Sarina speak volumes of community pride and patriotism. Their soldier statue was erected for the 1919 ANZAC Day ceremonies, paid for through public subscription. It specifically says that it is a 'commemoration' of Sarina Shire residents who enlisted: 114 men.

The outpouring of grief that came with 60,000 Australian deaths on the other side of the world, and buried overseas, was publicly expressed through memorials. The soldier statue, as in Sarina, was Queensland's preferred choice.

Sarina's soldier, crafted by Townsville monumental masons Melrose and Fenwick, stands head slightly bowed, hands crossed over a reversed rifle, resting on his left boot.

He stands on a pedestal which bears a marble plaque and 24 names, the locals who died in WWI. Similar plaques have been added to honour those who fought in subsequent conflicts: WWII, Korea, Malaya, Borneo and Vietnam.

Sarina's war memorial is found in a central median strip, where two major regional roads meet, the Bruce Highway and the Marlborough Sarina Road.

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Cape Palmerston National Park

Ilbilbie, Isaac Area
Free Entry
Cape Palmerston National Park features sandy dunes, unspoilt beaches and rocky headlands, with Mount Funnel towering to 344 metres. Within its 7200 hectare expanse, this park protects a range of plant communities and threatened animals.

Grasstree Beach

Grasstree Beach, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Grasstree Beach is one of the most picturesque and beautiful beaches in the Mackay Region, located within a 15 minute drive from Sarina. Nestled in sheltered Zelma Bay, the shallow beach is a popular swimming destination, although it is not patrolled.

Sarina Beach

Sarina, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Sweeping golden sand, gentle crashing waves and a popular location for nesting turtles is what makes Sarina Beach a hot-spot for visitors and locals alike. Only a few minutes from the town of Sarina, this beautiful beach is fringed by an esplanade park with barbecue and picnic facilities.

Armstrong Beach

Armstrong Beach, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Armstrong Beach is a gentle 12 minute drive from the township of Sarina. From Sarina head south along the Bruce Highway and turn left onto Armstrong Beach Road, signposted from the highway. Armstrong Beach is renowned for its fishing and prawning, both of which are best attempted from the beach.

Lake Elphinstone

Nebo, Isaac Area
Free Entry
Lake Elphinstone is a natural lake which once supported the town of Elphinstone - long since disbanded. The lake is located within the Nebo Shire, approximately 92 kilometres west of Mackay, and can be accessed via the Sutter Developmental Road on your way to Glenden.

Serenity Coast, The

Sarina, Mackay Area
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Take an opportunity to explore a relatively unspoiled area that has retained much of its original historic charm while having developed into a thriving business area. Collectively known as the Serenity Coast, the townships that stretch from Hay Point to St Lawrence enjoy a selection of beautiful beaches and prime fishing locations.

Eton

Eton, Mackay Area
Situated on the Peak Downs Highway, Eton is a charming rural community, 25 kilometres west of Mackay City. The local pub is at the heart of this community and is a great place to meet the locals and enjoy a great bite to eat.

Sarina

Sarina, Mackay Area
Located at the foothills of the Connors Range south of Mackay, Sarina's town centre is a blend of natural country charm, while having developed into a thriving business area. Enjoy the friendly hospitality, beautiful beaches, prime fishing and prawning available nearby.
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